Covid contact tracing brigades in France: What we know

Contacts of infected people will be initially traced and questioned by phone, and may be required to get tested themselves

France is to have “brigades” of people who will trace contacts of people who test positive for Covid-19 after confinement ends, to help contain further spread of the virus. Here is what we know about them so far.

Prime minister Edouard Philippe made the announcement as part of his speech on Tuesday April 28.

He said: “[We want to] protect, test, isolate. In each department, we will have brigades whose job it is to compile a list of contacts, and to call them, to invite them to be tested, telling them where to go for a test, and then to check that these tests have indeed been done.”

This will allow people to “identify the carrier of the virus and break the chain of infection”.

How will the “brigades” work?

They will be people tasked with “investigating” the contacts of patients who have tested positive for the virus. This will include anyone who has been in sufficient contact with the infected person, outside of the home, during this period, including 48 hours before any symptoms first appeared.

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